DELTA PHI UPSILON FRATERNITY INCORPORATED
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Houston, TX – 1-26-11 – Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity joins LGBT and human rights organizations around the world in mourning the loss of David Kato, a Ugandan LGBT activist and advocacy officer for the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), who was murdered earlier this week. Regarded as the "grandfather" of the gay community due to his long struggle for equal rights, David Kato was one of the few openly gay men in Uganda, a country so marred by deep, religiously-stoked homophobia that its Parliament is considering a bill which will enact penalties for being gay that range from life imprisonment to death. Kato, who had received increasing threats over the past year, was found with wounds to his head caused by an attack with a hammer at his home late Wednesday in Uganda's capital, Kampala. He later died on the way to the hospital. Decried by the U.S. State Department, along with international bodies such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the European Union, the murder of David Kato came just weeks after he won a lawsuit against a Ugandan newspaper that included his name and picture in a scandalous listing of known or perceived homosexuals, under the headline of “HANG THEM.” Delta Phi Upsilon National President Larrel A. Green condemned his murder, stating that “while many of us had not heard of David Kato, his senseless killing underscores the need for governments across the globe to implement legislation that protects their LGBT citizens." President Green continued to say that “While we are blessed to live in the United States of America, where we can for the most part, enjoy a guarantee of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we must never forget that as gay people, we still have to fight for those privileges. Our battles may be fought in more civilized arenas than in other countries, but it is a battle all the same and the struggle continues.” Mr. Green went on to echo the sentiments of U.S. President Barack Obama, who described David Kato as “a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom." Issuing a call to action to the members of Delta Phi Upsilon, its president reminded the membership that “the voice of David Kato may now be silent, but the legacy of hope and courage that he left behind will serve as a guiding light to those of us who strive, through our political empowerment and global awareness programs, for equality in housing, marriage and employment.” Although local authorities assert that Kato’s death is unrelated to his sexual orientation, Delta Phi Upsilon calls on the government of Uganda to increase its efforts to locate and prosecute those responsible for this senseless act.
Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Incorporated (DPhiU) is a national service organization that was founded on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL in 1985. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by gay men of color. It is comprised of 300+ members in city chapters in five regions across the United States. Its membership includes gay men who exemplify its motto of “Service to our Kind,” through academic excellence, certified leadership skills, and who are consistently involved in creating change in the global community through the programs of service embodied in the fraternity’s national program goals. Through its core mission, Delta Phi Upsilon has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for its members and those it serves. The organization is led by its 5th National President Larrel A. Green of Houston, TX, whose administration's programmatic theme is “The H.E.A.R.T. of Delta Phi Upsilon.” For more information about Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Inc., log on to www.dphiu.org.
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